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Units of Study -
Unit 1: SAT Practice
Unit 2: The College Essay
Unit 3: The College Process
Unit 4: Investigating Rhetorical Patterns
Unit 5: Narrative Non-Fiction
Unit 6: Speeches
Unit 7: Writing the Persuasive Essay
Unit 8: Analyzing Fiction
Unit 9: Life Beyond Morgan
UNIT 5 - Narrative Non-fiction
Resources: Riverside Reader, The River Reader by Trimmer, “The Stranger in the Photo” by Donald Murray
Quality personal writing has a message or a purpose that is conveyed through personal experience.
Showing rather than telling strengthens the personal essay.
Peer conferencing, class writing workshops and student teacher conferences enrich the revision process and the final product.
A quality piece requires multiple revisions
Everyone has an interesting story to tell - it’s all in the telling.
What are the characteristics of a quality memoir or exceptional personal narrative?
How does personal experience convey meaning?
What makes an exceptional college essay?
How is revision important to the writing process?
Read and analyze the “Stranger in the Photo” essay by Donald Murray.
Bring five photos of their younger selves to class.
Write an essay on one of the photos similar to Murray’s reflection.
Read a variety of personal essays. Choose one exceptional college essay for a blog entry analysis. Read classmates’ blog entries and the essays they chose.
Read a memoir.
Write a personal essay. After peer and teacher conferencing and multiple revisions, share the essay with classmates to receive further feedback before submitting the final draft.
Interview someone outside of Morgan. Compose a narrative based on his/her experiences. Publish the completed narrative.
Write and publish a memoir.
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